Court Hearing For Ex-Lawman Closed To Public

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) _ A pretrial hearing for a former Kansas law enforcement instructor accused of killing his wife was closed to the public.

District Judge Larry Solomon closed Wednesday's pretrial hearing in the first-degree murder case against Brett Seacat of Kingman.

Seacat, a former Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Vashti, at their Kingman home in 2011. Brett Seacat and their two children escaped the blaze.

Seacat has claimed his wife committed suicide.

The hearing was to discuss possible evidence for Seacat's trial, which is set to begin in December.

The judge ruled Seacat might not be able to get a fair trial if the hearing was open to the public.

Several media outlets filed a motion to keep the hearing open.

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